Timo Werner had his heart set on a Liverpool transfer.
The German striker reportedly decided his future was at Anfield as he eyed a summer move and was, at one stage, willing to wait another year.
But the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic has turned things on their head with Werner now on the verge of completing a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Werner held personal talks with Klopp, believed to have taken place before Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, as well as further phone calls.
According to The Athletic, Liverpool were set a deadline to make a final decision and Klopp contacted Werner personally to tell him they would not be pursuing a move.
Timo Werner had his heart set on a Liverpool move which has not materialised
It is claimed Werner was told the decision was purely financial rather than anything to do with his ability or how he would fit into the squad.
And it is claimed Werner fully accepted Klopp’s explanation and remains on ‘good terms’ with the coach he recently described as the “best in the world”.
Whilst they have not been able to unite at Anfield on this occasion, it could leave the door ajar to a future move if the circumstances are right.
In the meantime, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is said to have played a key role in convincing Werner that his project is right.
Jurgen Klopp broke the news to Werner and the two are still said to be on good terms
Back in March, the RB Leipzig striker indicated he could be tempted by a project such as that being built by Lampard as he discussed his transfer dilemma.
Werner said: “At this time in professional soccer there are two different variations. The first is to be part of a team like Liverpool or Manchester City.
“They have a good working team. The teams have also great coaches.
“But this is the question: do you want to go to that kind of team, because the…